After technical issues and delays (See Swisscom's Delay a Bad Sign for IPTV?
, Swisscom has met their strategic goal (See Swisscom Fixnet to Launch Bluewin TV in 2006
) and has announced the availability of Bluewin TV, their new IPTV service, starting November 1st.
Swisscom's Bluewin TV service offers 100-plus television channels, 70-plus radio channels, 500-plus top films via on demand, live sports coverage and up to 30 Teleclub channels. The monthly fee for the basic offering, Bluewin TV Plus, is CHF 29 ($23 US, 18 Euro).
To receive Bluewin TV, customers need a broadband Internet connection (an ADSL 150 subscription is sufficient). Content is broadcast via the Bluewin set-top box which is connected to an ADSL or VDSL modem. Customers in areas which do not yet provide VDSL access can have only one TV channel transmitted at a time, and pay CHF 26 instead of CHF 29 for the basic package.